he pitopito kōrero

He Pitopito Kōrero
Issue 155

14 March 2023
he pitopito kōrero

He Pitopito Kōrero

Issue 155
14 March 2023

Kia ora koutou,

This is the first of our regular fortnightly bulletins after the more frequent special bulletins providing information to support those impacted by the severe weather events. Bulletins have become quite long and we will aim to make them shorter, and more on-point bulletins.

Kia pai tō rā,


Recently updated advice for schools

Export education levy (EEL) documents released with our advice to the Minister on suspension of EEL payment obligations in 2020 through to the reintroduction of the levy in 2023. Read more: Export Education Levy – Ministry of Education

Your responsibility during the strike on 16 March – information for boards

We have prepared guidance to assist you in undertaking your responsibilities in preparing for, during and after the strike:

Guidance for Secondary School Boards [PDF, 558KB]

Guidance for Area School Boards [PDF, 593 KB]

Guidance for Primary and Intermediate School Boards [PDF, 590KB]

Pay equity claims settled

Together with NZEI Te Riu Roa we have settled the Librarians and Library Assistants’, and Science Technicians’ Pay Equity Claims.

This week, the Ministry, NZEI Te Riu Roa and NZSTA released guidance to help you implement the changes resulting from the settlements. Here you can view the guidance:

Librarians and Library Assistants’ Pay Equity Claim – Ministry of Education

Science Technicians’ Pay Equity Claim – Ministry of Education

On the week of 27 March, we will host webinars with NZSTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa to outline the changes resulting from the settlements and to provide additional support to schools and kura in understanding the settlements. 

If you have any questions, contact ohumahi.support@education.govt.nz or call 0800 114 117. Alternatively, contact NZSTA at eradvice@nzsta.org.nz or call 0800 782 435 (option 2).

Estimated pay equity and collective agreement funding instalment for 1 April 2023

On 29 March, you will receive a letter on the Secure Data Portal outlining your 1 April 2023 estimated funding instalment for the 2019–2022 non-teacher pay equity settlements and collective agreements. 

The newly signed Librarians and Library Assistants’, and Science Technicians’ Pay Equity Claim settlements will be funded in the July 2023 quarterly funding instalment.

Further information can be found here:

Pay equity funding – Ministry of Education

Collective agreements – Non-teaching staff – Ministry of Education

Send any queries about the settlement and collective agreement funding to ohumahi.support@education.govt.nz or call us on 0800 114 117 (option 1).

If you require help with accessing the Secure Data Portal, go to:

Secure Data Portal (SDP) | Applications & Online Systems – Ministry of Education

Review of how schools are resourced for teacher aides

The Accord between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua included a commitment to review how schools are resourced for teacher aides.

The sector reference group leading the review started this work in March 2021 and submitted their proposal to the Accord Governance Group in July 2022.

Further information about the sector reference group and their proposal can be found here:

Consultation on the review of how schools are funded for teacher aides – Ministry of Education

Sector consultation on the proposal

In December 2022 we opened consultation on the sector reference group’s proposal. This remains open until 6 April.

Consultation document: the review of how schools are resourced for teacher aides [PDF, 266KB]

If you want to provide feedback on the proposals in the consultation document, you can:

  • Complete the online survey:

Survey on the review of how schools are resourced for teacher aides – Survey Monkey

The group will reconvene following consultation to consider the submissions and what changes should be made to the proposal. Following this, a final proposal will be presented to the Accord Governance Group, before being considered by Ministers.

Note, this proposal focuses on English-medium education settings. We engage separately with Kaupapa Māori peak bodies and stakeholders to strengthen and grow Kaupapa Māori education settings, kura and pathways.

Consultation on schools’ planning and reporting regulations and supports

Changes to how schools and kura plan and report came into effect on 1 January 2023.

There are transitional arrangements in place until new regulations take effect from mid-2023, and ahead of schools and kura having their first strategic plans in place by 1 January 2024. You can find more information on:

Education and Training Act 2020: Improving schools’ planning and reporting

From 13 March to 6 April we will be consulting on an exposure draft of the Regulations, which provides the detailed requirements for key school planning and reporting documents. We will also be engaging with schools, whānau and communities to help further develop material to support schools and communities with the changes.

Information for this consultation, including how to submit a response:

Te Whakangārahu Ngātahi: Planning together for ākonga success – Ministry of Education

COVID-19-related Learning Recognition Credits are not expected to be required for ākonga in 2023 because it is anticipated you will be able to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 through flexibility built into NCEA and your usual processes for managing disruption.

With NZQA , we will monitor the situation through the year and reconsider our approach should the environment change.

Covid-related learning recognition credits come to an end – NCEA Education

Supporting tamariki following Cyclone Gabrielle

We have a resource, which is aligned to the materials being used by the psychosocial national response and may be useful for you and your staff supporting tamariki impacted by severe weather events.

  • Guidance on supporting tamariki, which is positioned for any adult (teacher or whānau) to use.
    • The focus is on responding to a range of worries and questions, now and in the immediate future.
    • There is a section left blank for you to add local information on supports available in your area.

Adults supporting tamariki following natural disaster [PDF, 278 KB]

The Ministry of Health has also compiled a resource that is available in multiple languages on their website:

Mental health advice for coping after a traumatic event – Ministry of Health

For any queries, contact Blythe Wood at blythe.wood@education.govt.nz.

Health advice: www.tewhatuora.govt.nz/cyclone-support

Urgent care clinics: www.healthpoint.co.nz

Rural support trusts: www.rural-support.org.nz

Road closures and traffic conditions: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions

Civil Defence: www.civildefence.govt.nz  

Ministry of Social Development flood-related loss of earnings: www.workandincome.govt.nz

Manatū Hauora/Ministry of Health: www.health.govt.nz/

Mental Health Foundation of NZ: www.mentalhealth.org.nz/

Waka Kōtahi/NZTA: www.nzta.govt.nz/

Ministry of Social Development: www.msd.govt.nz/

WorkSafe NZ: www.worksafe.govt.nz/

Last chance to order masks

We have adult and child surgical masks left in stock. If you would like to receive some of the remaining supply, order through the National Express Products link. This will be on a first come, first served basis. Once this stock is depleted, you will need to source masks directly.

School application for Ministry of Education funded face masks – NXP Portal

Independent children’s monitor hui

On 20 March the Independent Children’s Monitor will be holding a hui for you to share your experiences of supporting tamariki and rangatahi, whānau, and caregivers under the care of Oranga Tamariki. It may be of particular interest to (but not limited to) principals, RTLB, SENCO, centre mangers, and LSC.


The Link Community Centre, 4 Te Aroha Street, Claudelands, Hamilton, 12pm–3pm

The focus will be on how systems enable/hinder you to support tamariki in care to achieve positive outcomes. If you would like more information, please phone Lynette Carpenter on 07 837 3141 or Quita Hapimarika-Ahu, Senior Monitor ICM, 029 927 5336. RSVP to lynette.carpenter@education.govt.nz – providing any dietary requirements by the end of day today.